Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Released 2003


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Joe Dante
Looney Tunes: Back in Action is an animated action comedy starring Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman. The film opens with Daffy Duck tired of being a sidekick to Bugs Bunny, demanding that Warner Brothers give him his own film. After demanding his own film Daffy is fired by Vice President of Comedy Kate (Jenna Elfman), and ordered to be escorted off the property by the security guard DJ Drake (Brendan Fraser). Daffy now without a job and without Bugs Bunny for him to cling to, Daffy becomes DJ's sidekick. DJ's father is a world-renowned movie star, most notably known for his portrayal of an international spy. When DJ's father goes missing DJ learns that his father not only is acting, but is actually an international spy. Desperate to find his father and rescue him from his captor Mr. Chairman (Steve Martin), DJ teams up with Daffy Duck and the duo attempt to save DJ's father.


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Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Looney Tunes doesn't have much on its addled mind other than pure entertainment, and on this level it succeeds quite nicely.

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    If the movie has loads of nerve, its ambitious fusion of cartoons and live-action comedy is only fitfully amusing.

  • 50


    A not-inventive-enough romp that belches out gags at a rapid-fire clip but connects so sporadically as to leave the audience enervated but only sparingly entertained.

  • I got so lost.

    I remember renting this DVD from a Blockbuster back in 2004, the plot confused the hell out of me. The ending was the only part I honestly understood. The wacky stunts of the characters was the only thing I understood and the movie, man, it was confusing.
  • Not that entertaining.

    I mean, this movie was boring.
  • Excellent blend of live action and cartoon

    The Warner Brothers did a fine job although the film had its akward moments. Still, nice job.
  • Well, It Was Better Than Space Jam

    The plot was ok, but it was definitely better than the god awful Space Jam. The execution was a lot better this time and there were a couple of moments where I actually laughed. But there were still some weak points like The villain, I felt that he was too weak to be even the tiniest bit intimidating. I also didn't like the scene when The studio tried to make the cartoon without Daffy. I know they were only trying to get the plot rolling but come on. Bugs and Elmer have done the hunter scenario without Daffy they don't always have to be together ALL THE TIME! In my opinion, if you're a Looney Tunes fan, I'd recommend this movie. If you aren't; I suggest you give it a try and if you don't like it, that's fine.moreless
  • "Back in Action" indeed!

    "Space Jam" wasn't a good film idea, and the voice casting was a little off; "Looney Tunes: Back in Action", on the other hand, was a really great story.

    Daffy Duck is in his usual jealousy of Bugs Bunny getting all the fame (Strangely they were both created by the same person: Fred "Tex" Avery, but Bugs and Daffy were not treated as equal stars); this time, Daffy was fired after a water tower accident with the batmobile, and the "wannabe actor" security guard, DJ Drake gets the boot as well, for getting involved with causing the accident. So when the Studio failed to make the cartoon without Daffy, with Bugs being injured by Elmer Fudd's gun, Daffy must be brought back to the Studio within the appointed time.

    Unfortunately, Bugs Bunny (and Kate, the Vice President of Comedy) were too late to get to Daffy because he and DJ Drake were on a mission to find "the Blue Monkey Diamond", a special artifact that turns anyone into monkeys and revert back. Damian Drake (Movie Star, Super Spy and Father of DJ Drake) can't be able to fulfill the mission when he is getting captured, so he appointed his son to do it. While Bugs and Daffy are on a wild goose chase to find the location of the Blue Monkey, the Acme Corporation, lead by the evil Chairman, wants the Blue Monkey to make money out of their products by using the humans as monkey slaves and selling the monkey-made products to become filthy stinking rich!

    Unlike "Space Jam" which focuses less on the Looney Tunes (and the comedy of it), "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" actually focuses a lot on the characters; that includes the animations and the comedy. The story is neat too, it is full of action while having comedy on the side, not to mention the characters are neat. Although I do have some complaints to Comedy VP Kate.

    1. She thinks it's disturbing with Bugs crossdressing. doesn't she know the difference between crossdressing in cartoons and crossdressing in real-life. But that's just me.

    2. She ruined the out of gas joke when they were about to crash. Smooth move, Kate, smooth move.

    With that said, it's a nice film. It's nostalgic and I think there are some better impersonators than the previous film. Sorry, Billy West, I don't think of you as Bugs Bunny, but boy does Joe Alaskey do a great job trying to capture the voices of classic characters like Bugs, Daffy, even Sylvester and Tweety.

    This is one film that should not be considered a bad film. I think it's great! Take my advice, watch the film.moreless
Mary Woronov

Mary Woronov


Roger Corman

Roger Corman


Billy West

Billy West

Elmer Fudd / Peter Lorre

Frank Welker

Frank Welker


June Foray

June Foray


Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Yosemite Sam / Foghorn Leghorn / Nasty Canasta

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